Breaking News: Jim Harbaugh To Be Announced As New 49ers Coach

Dave WalkerCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2011

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03: (L-R) Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 and head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Stanford Cardinal celebrate with the trophy on stage after Stanford won 40-12 against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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It's just four days after Stanford crushed Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl and they have lost the man that guided them to their BCS win.

Multiple media outlets are now reporting that Jim Harbaugh has accepted an offer to become the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

This leaves many college football fans shaking their heads, especially after yesterday's announcement by coveted Stanford QB Andrew Luck that he was returning next year, instead of opting for the NFL draft.

So who will step in and take the reins of a Stanford program that was poised to reach new heights under the Harbaugh/Luck regime?

At this point, who knows?

Stanford could promote from within, and with that being said, the odds on favorite is offensive coordinator David Shaw. With Shaw as the leader, they can at least assure that Luck remains in the same system that has brought the Cardinal so much success over the past two seasons.

Other candidates names that are being thrown around include Brady Hoke of San Diego State, and Mike Leach, a guy that has been mentioned in nearly every head coaching vacancy in the country.

For Harbaugh, he now joins his brother John in the NFL. Now the question for Jim is how he finds a QB in San Fran that can match the talents of the kid in Palo Alto he leaves behind.